People who test positive for the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 should isolate themselves at home, if they have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and have no symptoms. They can get back to their routine if they test negative twice in a span of 24 hours after five days, according to Health Minister Ma. Subramanian.
After inaugurating a Siddha COVID-19 Care Centre on Tuesday, the Minister said the Health Department had issued the triage and treatment protocols for those affected by the Omicron variant. Accordingly, home isolation was recommended as the majority of those infected were asymptomatic. It was not advisable for them to visit hospitals, where those affected by the Delta variant were already admitted, as it could impact the nature of the disease. They would be tested after five days. If two swabs return negative for COVID-19 in 24 hours, they could get back to their routine.